Larkin Eating Tour
Some friends will be in town next weekend and I was thinking of taking them on an eating tour of the cheap eats places in the Larkin/Geary vicinty. Below is a first draft of the restaurants and their best dish. The idea is to stop at each place and only order one thing.
Did I miss any place great? Any dish edits?
Mangosteen - 601 Larkin - http://www.mangosteensf.com/index.html
Spicy Garlic Noodles & Lemongrass Beef
Bodega Bistro - 607 Larkin
Green Papaya Salad
Bambuddha Lounge - 601 Eddy -http://www.bambuddhalounge.com/
poolside cocktail stop
Turtle Tower - 631 Larkin
Pho Ga or Imperial Rolls
Pagolac - 655 Larkin
Beef 7 Ways dinner or Raw Beef Salad
Olive - 743 Larkin
Mekong Restaurant - 791 O'Farrell
Yellow pumpkin curry
Sai Jai Thai - 771 O'Farrell
Pork Shoulder Salad
Lahore Karahi - 612 O'Farrell
Thai House Express - 901 Larkin
Chan Pad Pu or Pork Leg Stew over rice
Whisky Thieves - 839 Geary
A la Turka - 869 Geary
Patucan Biber Kizartma
the banh con (sp!) at bodega bistro are also not missable. chan pad poo (their spelling; though yours is more elegant) is definetely the way to go. what about banh mi at saigon sandwich or wrap delight or baguette express?
i'm really looking forward to the report!
One problem based on my own similar attempts is they're all so close together. Might be good to include a few spots farther afield (the farmer's market if it's Sunday); Red Door at Larkin and California; and if possible a non-food stop or two so you have a little time to digest.
If you get the full dinner at Pagolac, you will have trouble putting anything else in your mouth. Not just beef--beef with butter. I started to beg for mercy half way through last time, and we hadn't been carousing around Larkin beforehand.
Edinburgh Castle should be on the list for a single malt.
I'd add the larb gai at Bang San, the halal Thai place on Jones (& O'Farrell?). Served warm because it is cooked to order from raw ground meat.
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